This model took me about a year to make (mostly during the weekends). It is build to scale 1/200, so in reality the building would be about 240 meters tall. In 2012 it was exhibited for a month at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.
The video below shows the process in making the model and is done by using the stop-motion technique. The model consists of 1845 different parts which are modelled in 3D and cut out with a laser-cutter. The model is about 1m25 in height.
In the video above you can watch an excerpt from the television series that was broadcast on national television.
Below are some images that reveal the design process.
I started looking for basic geometric shapes I could base my building on.
After that I created a technical drawing in 3D that defines the thickness and position of all the different parts to get a solid structure without having to compromise on the original design.
I exported these parts to a laser-cutter to cut them out MDF plates. Because some of the parts have a sharp corner I had to manually cut off some of the edges in a certain angle with a mini table saw (see video below).
In December 2009 I wanted to give 3D software a chance and I discovered Google Sketchup. It was love at first use. I just couldn’t believe I didn’t tried this earlier and I spent every bit of my spare time on it.
I was addicted. I was like a junky who suddenly discovered a new kind of superdrug that reduced all the other drugs to nothing. I dreamed about the endless possibilities: the imaginary cities and buildings I was able to draw.
The contrast between working with pencil and paper and 3D software is enormous. Drawing big buildings with a pencil is an incredible time-consuming task. With 3D you can easily change the proportions of all of your elements at almost any stage in the design process. You can also easily repeat elements, try-out different lighting methods, colors, shapes and so on.
The project above was my very first project in 3D and I spent countless hours working on it. I often worked on details that no one will ever notice. My mind would only have peace if everything fitted perfectly with round numbers for all of the dimensions.
I try to fight this kind of extreme perfectionism everyday.